ARC REVIEW: A Patient Man – by S. Lynn Scott

Title: A Patient Man
Author: S. Lynn Scott
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Finished reading: August 25th 2018
Pages: 179

“If you ask me, the road to hell is most definitely paved with good intentions.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Troubador Publishing Ltd in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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There was just something about this story that caught my attention, and I knew I had to give it a try. Part of this feeling probably has to do with the setting, but I think the main reason would be the fact that A Patient Man is told from the point of view of a child. Most psychological thrillers out there show things from an adult perspective, so I was intrigued by how this story would work out by following little Mikey’s perspective. There is no doubt that this one of the things that makes A Patient Man stand out from other stories. Mikey is only eight years old, but street wise and definitely smarter than people think. It was interesting to see things from his perspective and see his character react to the situation and evolve over time. A Patient Man is without doubt a character driven psychological thriller, and the pace can be slow at times. A lot of attention has been given to the different characters, although we always see them through the eyes of Mikey. Things are not told in a chronological order and rather as our main character thinks it should be, leaving us wondering what really happened and how things fit. I’m not sure about the credibility of it all and I had my doubts about certain aspects of the plot, but overall it was an entertaining enough read.

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The eight-years-old Mikey is looking forward to a summer of freedom exploring every part of Canvey Island, but things change after something horrible happens. Mikey’s neighbors, the Freemans, win a huge sum of money and are suddenly in the spotlight. Not long after, they become the target of a few criminals looking for easy money… The old couple destroyed forever as Peggy ends up dead and her husband Bert is determined to find out who was behind it and seek revenge. There are a lot of rumors on the island, most involving Mikey’s family since they have a bad reputation… But did they have something to do with it and how is Bert planning to seek revenge in the first place?

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A Patient Man isn’t your typical psychological thriller as you experience everything through the eyes of an eight-year-old and very street wise kid. This definitely adds a little something extra to this character driven story, although I do have to say the pace is quite slow at points. I kind of saw the ending coming and didn’t like some of the characters, but overall this was without doubt an interesting story with a few hidden morals as well.


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WWW Wednesdays #185 – August 29th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m about to finish The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson, and unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I loved his writing style and humor in The Hundred-Year-Old Man, but somehow this story is quite slow, drags at points and I’m not sure about the characters. I’m starting I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh soon and I’m hoping that one will manage to convince me. I’ve heard so many people praise this title!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 06/09
The writing style is engaging, strangely funny at points and solid in general. This made it easy to connect to the story and fully emerge myself in this urban fantasy slash detective story. Did the story drag at points and became a tad too slow? Probably. Did my initial enthusiasm fade away a little towards the end? Maybe. But while not perfect, I still had a great time with Rivers Of London despite a few minor flaws and problems.

2. Mortals And Immortals Of Greek Mythology – by Francoise Rachmuhl (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 06/09
Mortals And Immortals Of Greek Mythology is ment to give children a little insight in who is who in Greek mythology with the help of both lovely illustrations and easy to follow short descriptions and stories around the characters. The cover gives you a perfect example of what the illustrations are like, and this beautiful style is used throughout to show us both the characteristics of each mortal and immortal described as well as illustrating the stories themselves. Wonderful to look at and educative at once: this handy and interesting guide will be an entertaining journey for both young and old.

3. Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 31/08
Basically, you can’t go wrong when you pick up one of the Detective Kay Hunter books. This series has been consistently strong so far and Call To Arms is no exception. Less fast-paced and violent than the previous book, Call To Arms instead focuses more on the main characters we have become to love, show a sensitive side and just how well they work together as a team. The cold case they investigate is another good one, with many twists, secrets and turns to keep things intriguing. Things are getting personal, and digging up the truth might hurt more than one person. Fascinated yet? You won’t regret reading Call To Arms or the other books in the series if you can appreciate a good detective thriller.

4. A Patient Man by S. Lynn Scott (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 03/09
A Patient Man isn’t your typical psychological thriller as you experience everything through the eyes of an eight-year-old and very street wise kid. This definitely adds a little something extra to this character driven story, although I do have to say the pace is quite slow at points. I kind of saw the ending coming and didn’t like some of the characters, but overall this was without doubt an interesting story with a few hidden morals as well.

5. Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (4/5 stars) REVIEW 09/09
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my all time favorite reads, so of course I wanted to read the sequel as well and see more of my favorite characters. I’ve heard mixed things about this title, and while I don’t think it is as good as the original, it does have a love triangle and Leah can get annoying, I do love the diversity in this story. It’s cute, it’s fluffy, it’s lgbt, it has interesting characters and I had a great time reading it. Plus, we get a whole lot of Simon and his gang. ❤

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

With the N.E.W.T.s readathon starting this Friday August 31st, I don’t think I will be able to finsh any other titles but my current reads… So the four titles above are all for prompts for the N.E.W.T.s. I have heard so many fantastic things about The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid that I can’t wait to finally pick it up despite romance not being my genre. And since I seem to be in the mood for something lighter, I want to pick up Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins too. Both Claw The System by Francesco Marciuliano and The Lying King by Alex Beard are NG ARCs I want to get out of the way… I’ve seen a few pages of the first and it seems hilarious, and I’m having a good feeling about the other as well.


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